Marine Stewardship Area
In 2004, the San Juan Board of County Commissioners created the San Juan Marine Stewardship Area (MSA) and asked the MRC to work with scientists and community leaders to create a management plan that would achieve a healthy marine ecosystem in balance with human use and enjoyment.
In 2018 we extended the Voluntary No-Go Zone on the west side of San Juan Island down to Cattle Point. This voluntary no boat zone encompasses sensitive foraging and resting areas for the endangered Southern Resident killer whale. The zone is recognized by the Pacific Whale Watch Association and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
During 2018, kayaks launching from the San Juan County Park within the Voluntary No-Go Zone operate under a special use permit issued by the County Park. This requires that kayaks participate in the Kayak Education and Leadership Program (K.E.L.P). This program was developed in 2010 by County Parks, The Whale Museum, and the kayak industry.